noun, plural hoagies. New Jersey and Pennsylvania (chiefly Philadelphia) .
a hero sandwich.
Also, hoagie.

1965–70, Americanism; a number of anecdotal hypotheses have been advanced as to the orig. of the word, most claiming it to be derivative of hog, either in reference to pork as an ingredient, or as an epithet for a person capable of eating such a sandwich, or alluding to Hog Island, an industrial and shipping area of South Philadelphia; but corroborating evidence is lacking; see -ie

See hero sandwich.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To hoagie
Word Origin & History

Amer.Eng. (originally Philadelphia) "hero, large sandwich made from a long, split roll," originally hoggie (c.1936), traditionally said to be named for Big Band songwriter Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981), but the use of the word pre-dates his celebrity and the original spelling seems to
suggest another source. Modern spelling is c.1945, and may have been altered by influence of Carmichael's nickname.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
And their grilled cheese consists of squeaky cheese and spices melted in a hoagie-roll panini, with gravy on the side.
The white-jacketed doctors order breakfasts of scrapple and egg on hoagie rolls.
The restaurant makes its own dough and sauce, and in addition to pizza it specializes in hoagie sandwiches.
Using slotted spoon, spoon meat evenly into hoagie buns.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature